Breaking Trail

a photo of the "motorized toboggan." MHS Collections, Acc. No. 75.16.1
This "motorized toboggan," built 1963-65 by Lew Wheeler of Crane Lake, Minnesota, is displayed in the Weather Permitting exhibit, MHS Collections (Acc. No. 75.16.1).


Until the great St. Paul winter carnivals of the late 1880s, Minnesotans did not particularly think of frigid weather as a cause for frivolity. The winter sports that so much a part of Minnesota today—ice-skating, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling—evolved from activities that no one found particularly fun or amusing, the simple business of getting around.